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Core experience at MU generates scholarship gift

Because Laird Technologies of St. Louis believes engineers are critical to the continued success of their company, CEO Marty Rapp has facilitated a $25,000 gift to endow the Laird Technologies Scholarship in Engineering at the University of Missouri.

Rapp received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from MU in 1982, and went on to earn three graduate degrees elsewhere. He considers the core experience he had at MU to be the defining part of his education, a solid foundation that he was able to build upon in preparation for his successful career.

Laird Technologies started out as a developmental business within Monsanto where Rapp held positions in manufacturing, research and design, process design, sales, and business development. In 1996, Monsanto sold the business and Rapp went with the company as its General Manager.

Laird Technologies is part of The Laird Group plc.

During the dozen years since the sale, Rapp became President and then CEO of Laird Technologies, a company that invents and develops technologies and products that enable increasingly lighter and smaller electronic devices to work more efficiently. Electronic products that the average person uses every day for communication, transportation, safety, and entertainment more than likely utilize Laird Technologies innovations.

Laird Technologies’ original staff of 35 working from a single location in 1996, has grown to nearly 15,000 employees with 43 locations around the world. Sales have grown from $5 million in 1996, to over $1 billion last year.

“I will never forget the transformational experience that my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering was at Mizzou”, said Rapp, “and by funding this endowment I hope to help others to have the same outstanding experience, and career, that I’ve had.”

“I feel that training engineers is an important part of improving the lives of people everywhere, and I’m glad that Laird can help in this small way.”



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